Mickey taking

My other half has an i-phone which means that she’s always online, pinching and swiping away at the screen. This morning, she read an e-mail that had been sent at 06:32 which contained a momentous message from a friend. It broke the news that Lucasfilm had been purchased by the house of the mouse.

Here is that message:

“I felt a great disturbance in the force… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced….I fear something terrible has happened.”

 

Jar Jar Binks

The Contining Adventures of Jar Jar Binks.

So, is this really bad news for Star Wars fans? After all, Disney produces mawkish material for the ankle biters out there, whilst expousing a wholly unrealistic and idealised version of The American Dream.

It’s also perhaps disapointing that another independent film-making company has been absorbed by Disney, but that is not the focus of this post. George Lucas has said that he will be taking on the role of “creative consultant”. This is exactly the role that Gene Roddenberry assumed after the critical mauling meted out to ‘Star Trek The Motion Picture’. This led to the greatest Star Trek movie of them all – ‘Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan’.

 

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan

Shatner – emoting mightly in the greatest of the Trek films.

Imagine a Star Wars directed by Neill Blomkamp, Jos Whedon or Duncan Jones. Roddenberry and Lucas were/are great men, and we all owe them a debt of gratiude for their creativity and vision. But others have picked up their mantle and run with it.

The good news is that the three new films, as currently planned, are to be sequels to the original trilogy. Harrison Ford proved in Indiana Jones 4 that he can still cut it as a leading man. How great it will be to reunite with those timeless characters?

Although Disney’s live action sci-fi fare hasn’t always been up to standard (see Tron Legacy, The Black Hole or John Carter*); they have acquired Marvel Studios and produced the enjoyable and highly successful film ‘The Avengers’.
*I actually liked John Carter, but it bombed big time at the box office.

 

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